It makes sense that mice and rats find refuge from the cold, snowy elements in our homes. Who or what wants to spend the winter outside? I mean if you are a polar bear sure but otherwise…probably not. The good news is that warm weather is coming. It’s only a matter of time before the windows will be open to the sounds and smells of spring. Here’s the thing though, warm weather does not mean you're safe from mice and other rodents in St. Louis or elsewhere in Missouri. These pests are a year round problem and more than just a pain to get rid of. They are capable of causing structural damage and can threaten the health of you and your family.
Did you know that a hole the size of a dime can let mice into your home? This means gaps around doors and windows could be potential entry points. Likewise for cracks where utilities enter the house or even a space under the garage door. Once inside these uninvited houseguests will...
Raid the kitchen for food
Run around in the walls
Damage your belongings in the attic and other storage areas
Contaminate insulation with their droppings
Gnaw on building materials including electrical wires - a serious fire hazard
When mice and rats take over, they are going to annoy you! Good luck falling asleep to the pitter-patter of their feet overhead at night. You’ll also be hard pressed not to worry about the fleas, ticks and other parasites they bring indoors.
What can you do to avoid the problems associated with mice and rats? Make sure to seal off the exterior of your home so that rodents (and insects too) cannot slip through to the inside. Cover your windows with screens that are in great shape, meaning no rips or tears. Likewise, install screen doors so you can enjoy the warm air without leaving the door open to intruders. Fix downspouts so water runs away from the house, and correct leaks. Also install mesh coverings of vents to help you avoid rodent problems.
For help with rodent control in St. Louis, Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions is a great choice. Trained pest control technicians will get rid of critters already at home in your home. They'll also work with you to prevent infestations later on. Don't worry about mice and other rodents all year long, give us a call today and see how we can help you protect your family and home!
This blog was originally published on May 29, 2012 and has been updated to the most recent and accurate information available in helping St. Louis and Mid-Missouri homeowners combat nuisance and damaging mice and rodents.